PLANNING COMMISSION REGULAR MINUTES

 December 14, 2023

COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT:
Kate Gehring, Nolan Edgar, Jane Douglas, James Bressor

OTHERS PRESENT:

CALL TO ORDER
Kate called the meeting to order at 7:01 pm.

ADDITIONS/AMENDMENTS TO THE AGENDA
None.

MINUTES
A motion was made by Jane and seconded by James to approve the 12/2/23 special meeting minutes as presented. The motion was carried unanimously by voice vote.

OLD BUSINESS

Development Review Board (DRB) update:
None.

Broadband update, Deerfield Valley Communications District:
Jane gave an update on recent work with the Deerfield Valley Communications Union District.

Report back from Town Meetings and/or Selectboard meetings:
Cris White was appointed to the Newfane Development Review Board. Planning Commissioners gave the Selectboard an update on the Bylaw Modernization grant, including the special December 2 walking tour and Windham Regional Commission presentation. Jane updated the Commission about the Town’s ARPA funds spending. The Commission hopes to meet with Ann Golob (Newfane SB) about ARPA funds spending in the near future. Commissioners will correspond about scheduling a meeting and will reach out to Ann about attending.

Bylaw Modernization Grant:
Kate gave an update on the Bylaw Modernization project. Windham Regional Commission will attend the January 11, 2024, Planning Commission meeting to give an update. The WRC presentation from 12/2/23 was posted to the Town website.

Newfane/Townshend/Brookline Joint Planning Commission Brainstorm – update:
No update

Short-term Rentals:
No update. Commissioners will discuss at their January 11, 2024 meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Agenda setting for next meeting:
Commissioners discussed items to be put on the January 11, 2024, Planning Commission meeting agenda.

Commission Meeting Minutes posting protocol:
Nolan gave a review of the protocol for taking and posting meeting minutes, in response to a complaint about the Planning Commission’s minutes being posted late. The review included a reading of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns’ quick guide to taking minutes. The Commission will make sure to have someone assigned to take and post minutes if the Commission Secretary (Nolan) is absent.

Planning Commission vacancy:
Kate announced the Planning Commission seat vacancy.

CORRESPONDENCE
The Commission received a letter from Bill Morse and Jesse Holden regarding housing. The Commission will reach out to Bill and Jesse and ask them to come talk more about their letter at a future meeting.

ADJOURNMENT
A motion was made by James and seconded by Jane to adjourn the meeting at 7:51 pm. The motion was carried unanimously by voice vote.

Respectfully Submitted,
Nolan Edgar